Ah well, here I am picking the last of the basil. The plants might stagger on for another few weeks yet, but as the nights get cooler their leaves are dropping and turning brown. It’s only a matter of time before we have a frost that turns them all to mush.
No matter though, because I’m about to make pesto.
Next on my ‘savour the summer goodness’ list is going to be basil infused gin. I had a cocktail called a ‘Thai Basil’ while out and about in the big city, and it was all kinds of GOOD. I photographed the ingredient list (gin, Thai basil, lemon, chartreuse, pepper syrup) so now all I have to do is figure out proportions.* Will report back once I sober up.
* You’re right, I probably should be using actual Thai basil for the infusion but I don’t have any. On my list for plant shopping next spring.